Event Update


IT²EC will not take place in 2020

As a consequence of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Training Technology Exhibition and Conference (IT²EC) scheduled for September at ExCeL London will no longer take place in 2020.

This is principally due to the continuing prohibitions and advisories against international travel put into effect by governments around the world and the introduction of COVID-19 government regulations and public health directives. The next edition of IT²EC will be staged 25-27 May 2021 in Seville.

As Europe’s primary event for the military training and simulation sector, IT²EC is truly global in its make-up, with more than 100 speakers, 80% of exhibitors and two-thirds of visitors based outside the host nation. With such an international audience, the restrictions - which in the UK currently include a 14-day quarantine - present extremely significant challenges for the majority of the IT²EC audience in planning their attendance at this year’s event.

As such, the decision has been made following consultation with key stakeholders, including the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA), not to stage IT²EC in 2020.

See you in Seville

See you in Seville

The next edition of IT²EC will take place on 25-27 May 2021 at FIBES Exhibition and Conference Centre in Seville, Spain. Register your interest to receive updates about next year's event.


What's next?

Efforts are now focused on bringing the international training and simulation community back together at IT²EC 2021. Next year’s edition will be the first time Spain has hosted the event, before IT²EC returns to London in 2022.

In the meantime, IT²EC has introduced several digital initiatives to support customers, including an ongoing webinar series and unrestricted access to historic conference materials.

Why Seville?

“With its well-established defence industry and strong trading links to Latin America, Asia, and Europe, Spain is an exciting new venture for IT²EC. Seville is home to one of the country’s major military training centres, while Airbus Defence and Space also has its International Training facility in the city. 

This is where nations using the A400M, A330 MRTT, C-235, and C-295 aircraft can fly the Full Flight Simulator of their respective aircraft. This list includes users from the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Turkey, Luxembourg, Belgium, Malaysia, Australia, UAE, Singapore, and NATO, who all see Seville as a hub for training. This easily-reached location will give our exhibitors access to military customers from a range of new global markets.”

Rear Admiral Simon Williams (Retd), Chairman, Clarion Defence & Security

"Factors beyond our control"

“While the decision not to hold IT²EC this year is disappointing for us as organisers and for the community we serve, it is a result of factors beyond our control.

Clarion Events is one of the largest exhibition organisers in the world and holds the safety of all event attendees as its highest priority. As such the company is looking ahead to how physical distancing measures can be incorporated into the planning of all our events in the future and is contributing to broader government and event industry initiatives to support this.”

Tracy Bebbington, Event Director, Clarion Defence & Security

Further instructions



All exhibitors are able to move their stand bookings to the 2021 edition of IT²EC, with no additional costs involved. Our team will be in touch imminently to discuss your options in more detail.

Further assistance

If you have any questions at this stage, please do not hesitate to contact James Condley, IT²EC Event Manager, directly.

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After discussions with the IT²EC Organising Committee, it has been agreed that the 2020 "Digital Twin" theme is sufficiently relevant to be continued onto the 2021 programme.

If papers still have relevance in May 2021, speakers are invited to retain their position.

Further assistance

The team will be in touch with you to discuss your individual queries. In the meantime, please contact Alice Macklin, Head of Content, if you need assistance.

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Registered Attendees

Registered Attendees

Pre-registered 2020 delegates and visitors will have the option to transfer their registration to the 2021 event.

We will contact you closer to the event to confirm your intention to attend. 

What happens if I cannot attend?

You can cancel your registration at any time. Paid delegates can obtain a full refund. At your convenience, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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If you would like to keep updated with further information about IT²EC 2021, please register your interest here

For anything else, please get in touch with our team.

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Do you have a query?

If you require any further information at this time, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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